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Legend actor Abdur Razzak passes away

21 August 2017, 6:40:00

Legendary actor Abdur Razzak passed away from old age complications at United Hospital in Dhaka on Monday evening.

The hospital’s media and public relations manager Sazzadur Rahman Shuvo said doctors at the hospital declared the legend actor Razzak dead around 6:15pm.


Winner of a number of national film awards, and the Independence Day Award, Razzak was better known as Nayak Raj, a title given by film magazine Chitrali editor Ahmed Zaman Chowdhury.

When he was born in Naktala of South Kolkata to Akbar Hossain and Nisarunnesa, Rqazzak lost his parents in his childhood.

During his adolescence, Razzak took part in theatre productions in Kolkata. While studying at a college in Kolkata, he made his first film appearance in 'Ratan Lal Bangali'. Hoping to become a film star, Razzak went to study film in Filmalaya in Mumbai, India in 1961.

Coming back from Mumbai, he starred in two movies in Kolkata, 'Pankotilak' and 'Shilalipi'.

However, the Hindu-Muslim community riot which broke out in 1964 forced Razzak and his family to migrate to Dhaka.

After migrating to East Pakistan, Razzak found the path to stardom was not easy.

Initially, he acted in TV plays. He gained popularity of the viewers of Pakistani television, acting in the series Ghoroa.

A pioneering filmmaker in Bangladesh, Abdul Jabbar Khan, helped Razzak to join Iqbal Films Limited. Razzak was the assistant to the director Kamal Ahmed in the movie Ujala.

Razzak's major breakthrough in movies was his performance in Salahuddin's Tera Number Feku Ostagar Lane.

He acted in other movies like Neel Akasher Nichey, Maynamati, Maner Mato Bou, Swaralipi, Osru Diye Likha, Jibon Theke Neya, and Obujh Mon.

Razzak's first big break in cinema came with his role in Zahir Raihan's Behula (1966).

He has acted in leading roles with many prominent actors, including Anwar Hossain, Bulbul Ahmed, Sohel Rana, Ilias Kanchan, Shuchanda, Shabana, Bobita, Kabori, Sujata, Shabnam and others.

He appeared in a number of films opposite actress Shabana.

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